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1890 Cincinnati Reds season

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1890 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1890 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 77-55, 10½ behind the Brooklyn Bridegrooms.

Regular season

After playing eight seasons in the American Association, the Cincinnati Red Stockings jumped to the National League for the 1890 season, and renamed themselves the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds hired Tom Loftus as their new manager. He last managed the Cleveland Spiders in 1889, leading them to a 61-72 record and a sixth place finish in the National League.

In the off-season, the Reds acquired Lefty Marr from the Columbus Solons for $2000. Marr had hit .306 with a league high 15 triples for the Solons in 1889. He had also appeared in eight games with the Red Stockings in 1886. The team also purchased the contract of pitcher Frank Foreman from the Baltimore Orioles. Foreman was 23-21 with a 3.52 with the Orioles. Cincinnati also signed two 21-year-olds, catcher Jerry Harrington and pitcher Billy Rhines. Joe Knight, who last appeared in the majors with the Philadelphia Quakers in 1884 as a pitcher, was signed to play the outfield.

John Reilly led the club offensively, hitting .300 with team highs with six home runs and 86 RBI. Bid McPhee had a .256 average with three homers and 39 RBI, as well as team highs with 125 runs and 55 stolen bases. Knight led the club with a .312 average with four homers and 67 RBI in his only season in the majors. Rhines led the pitching staff, as he had a 28-17 record with league best 1.95 ERA.

Season summary

The Reds played their first National League game on April 19, 1890. Despite a home run from Bug Holliday, Cincinnati lost to the Chicago Colts by a 5-4 score. After hovering around the .500 level, as the Reds had a record of 11-11 after twenty-two games, the team went on a 22-2 run to boost their record to 33-13, and take a four game lead over the second place Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Cincinnati would hold on to their first place lead until going into a slump in which the Reds lost ten of eleven games to fall into fourth place, 5.5 games out of first. By the time the season ended, the Reds had a 77-55 record, finishing in fourth place, 10½ games behind the Bridegrooms.

Season standings


1890 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager

Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Harrington, JerryJerry Harrington 65 236 58 .246 1 23
1B Reilly, JohnJohn Reilly 133 553 166 .300 6 86
OF Marr, LeftyLefty Marr 130 527 157 .298 1 73

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mullane, TonyTony Mullane 81 286 79 .276 0 34
Keenan, JimJim Keenan 54 202 28 .139 3 19


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rhines, BillyBilly Rhines 46 401.1 28 17 1.95 182
Duryea, JesseJesse Duryea 33 274 16 12 2.92 108
Mullane, TonyTony Mullane 25 209 12 10 2.24 91
Foreman, FrankFrank Foreman 25 198.1 13 10 3.95 57
Dolan, JohnJohn Dolan 2 18 1 1 4.50 9


  • 1890 Cincinnati Reds season at Baseball Reference
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